Chickpea Salad is no fuss, quick and easy to prepare. We first discovered this dish at Stavro’s Taverna in Athens. I have been making it ever since. It goes well with most Mediterranean dishes and is great for a barbecue as it is an ideal accompaniment for grilled meats. When speaking to Stavro about the ingredients I asked if the spices could be replaced by Harisa. He said that that would make the Chickpea Salad a Moroccan Dish and not Greek. To be honest any hot spicy sauce will do the trick. My preference is Stavro’s version as it uses a Pestle and Mortar but that could be for its stress relieving properties. Chick Pea Salad is a complete meal that is low in fat, high in protein and incredibly delicious! A superpower salad that is so satisfying, and …fun!
How can you create a salad that packs a protein punch without adding meat? One of the best ways is to include chickpeas! Chickpea Salad is such a delicious and nutritious way to enjoy fresh summer veggies and is perfect to make ahead and enjoy for lunch! It also keeps for days in the fridge so can be made ahead of time.
- 400g can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- small pack coriander, roughly chopped
- small pack parsley, roughly chopped
- 1 red onion, thinly sliced
- 2 large tomatoes, chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tsp Dried Chili Flakes
- 1tsp Caraway Seeds
- 1 Clove of Garlic, crushed
- 1 lemon, juiced and zested
In a Pestle and Mortar add 1tsp of olive oil, crushed garlic, Chili Flakes, Caraway Seeds and the Lemon Zest. Pound and grind until it forms a nice paste.
Mix all the ingredients together, mashing a little so the chickpeas skins break – this helps absorb the dressing.
Place in a serving bowl and wait for the compliments.
Chickpea Salad Variations
This recipe is so versatile, you can substitute your favourite vegetables. Add red pepper or green pepper or change spring onion for the red onion. It is also nice to add avocado. Adding feta cheese makes a nice variation, but since feta is quite salty itself be careful when you add the seasonings. (And for those of you asking, Chickpeas are the same as garbanzo beans and can be used interchangeably in this recipe.)
A Bit About Harisa
Harissa is a North African and Middle Eastern condiment. It is most commonly found in Tunisia and Morocco, that is made from garlic, cumin, caraway, pounded chilli peppers, salt and a dash of olive oil.
Because of the robust flavours of the Chickpea Salad, we served a light and fresh Chenin Blanc from South Africa. Carmen Stevens Angels Selection Chenin Blanc 2018 has purity written all over it. Crisp clean, apple and white peach fruit flavours running alongside a lovely creamy, soft bite to the finish. Just delicious. Available from Naked Wines.